Refugee Week Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 June

by Bob East

Refugee Week Sunday 17 – Saturday 23 June In the OT, God commands Israel to show compassion to the alien and refugee in their midst, most often as a result of wars.  In the NT Christians are commanded to care for the neediest of their community, including the widow and orphan, and to love their […]

Guest Speakers at Church

by Bob East

Guest Speakers at Church I think guest speakers are a great idea – and not just because it gives Craig and me a “week off”.  We love teaching God’s word in any and every context.  It’s what we believe God has gifted and given us to do and we count it an enormous privilege.  Thanks […]

Trinity Sunday Today

by Bob East

Trinity Sunday Today I’m not into the church calendar much.  Are you?  From the dark places of my memory at Theological College I seem to remember it had a well-intentioned, but dubious origin.  And then there’s the special “saints days”, harvest festivals and a whole lot of very “Ordinary” Sundays. However, today I’m told is Trinity […]

Support the Brownings continued work in East Africa, Opportunity the talk with men about footy and Jesus, “Church – it’s better and worse than you imagine”

by Bob East

Support the Brownings continued work in East Africa Many of our members want to continued praying and giving for their work.  Though the Brownings are now living on the Central coast to care for their children and extended family, Andrew is not practicing surgery in Oz.  He is overseeing the work and fundraising for 4 hospitals in […]

Weekend Away, Dr Mark Stephens is opening God’s Word

by Bob East

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mum’s, Grand-mum’s, & the mum’s at heart at Gymea! May God bless you always! I’ve been asked to write a little blurb about our Church Weekend Away and why I am excited. So here are 5 reasons why I am excited for this year’s Weekend Away (& why I […]

We’re back!

by Bob East

We’re back! It’s so good to be back with you after our 5 weeks on Lord Howe Island.  It was an unforgettable time and we are very grateful for the team of staff and volunteers who led and cared for the church in our absence.  Thanks to Reg and Dorothy Piper and our guest preachers. We were emotionally […]

More than Conquerors – Romans 8:35-39

by Bob East

More than Conquerors – Romans 8:35-39 Christians are not immune to the sufferings of this broken world. We still may face cancer, relationship difficulties, chronic illnesses, depression, and death – just like everyone else. Indeed, God tells us in His Word that Christians should not be surprised when they face sufferings. Paul teaches “we must go […]

Katoke-Lweru Secondary School, Report on UKWATA Easter Conference 2018

by Bob East

Katoke-Lweru Secondary School, Report on UKWATA Easter Conference 2018 On 28th March to 2nd April 2018, more than 1,000 students from over 40 Schools and Colleges attended “UKWATA Easter Conference” (Which is translated in English “Tanzanian Students Christian Fellowship”). The theme of the Conference was “…Youths to refrain from the dangers of the last days…” (2 Tim […]

The Surprising Power of Prayer

by Bob East

The Surprising Power of Prayer I mentioned in a sermon earlier in the year that God has been growing me in my prayer life – which has been awesome (and an answer to prayer itself!). Each morning God has graciously helped me be in the habit of not only diving into His Word but praying to […]

Practicing the Praise of God, Apieczonek’s Visit to Gymea

by Bob East

Practicing the Praise of God Currently I am completing an essay on the topic of ‘praise in the Bible’. As I have been researching for this essay I have been struck by the variety of ways praise is expressed throughout the Scriptures. Praise is often words directed towards God in song or prayer. For Instance, […]